February at Mashomack

Trails are open 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk


The Visitor Center Exhibits are open Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Visitor Center Restrooms open Daily 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Photo 1) Using a seine net to explore Mashomack’s Bass Creek. Photo 2) Fun on the beach with seasonal team member, Willow, learning about wildlife corridors. Photo 3) Exploring the Mashomack meadows at night in search of fireflies.  © Rebecca Kusa/TNC
For the Love of Nature
It’s one of our favorite times of year here at the preserve. Temperatures may be dropping, but program planning is heating up! The Nature Conservancy supports equitable access to nature, ensuring that everyone has the chance to feel comfortable and confident when exploring outside. Mashomack offers miles of forested trails, coastal water views, and open meadow vistas. For those wanting a more guided experience in nature, we offer a wide variety of programs, from night walks to kayak trips in warmer weather. We love crafting programs for visitors to discover new ways to connect to nature. Take a look below to explore some of our offerings for winter and spring 2024 and find your spot in nature!
Mashomack Point: A Tour of the Katharine Ordway Wildlife Refuge   
Saturday, February 10th, 1 PM – 4 PM
Dedicated to a visionary and generous nature lover,  the Katharine Ordway Wildlife Refuge at Mashomack Point is opened for a guided walk just once a year. This mid-winter truck ride and hike will allow us to explore this unique area’s woodlands, kettles, and fields, culminating with a breathtaking view of Northwest Harbor. Dress warmly. Advanced registration required.
Valentine’s Night Walk
Wednesday, Feb 14th, 5:30PM –7:30 PM. Enter between 5:30PM –7:00 PM.
Looking for a fun Valentine’s special occasion? Come for a half-mile evening walk through the woods, gently illuminated with tea lights, enjoy a Love-ly nature book and celebrate with hot chocolate! Perfect for pals, gals, friends and lovers alike! Feel free to bring a flashlight along for the walk.
Saturday Seedlings

  • I Love Nature: Saturday, February 24th, 10 – 11 AM
  • April Showers: Saturday, March 30th, 10 – 11 AM
  • May Flowers: Saturday, May 4th, 10 – 11 AM

 Join us  as we explore the natural world and learn about different animals and habitats at Mashomack. Activities will include crafts, snacks and/or exploring our trails. Ages 4-8. Advanced registration required.
For even more programs, visit nature.org/events.


A Look Ahead to Summer 2024!

Mashomack’s Environmental Explorers exploring finds from the trails. © Rebecca Kusa/TNC
SAVE THE DATE! Environmental Explorers 2024!
Session 1: July 8-11
Session 2: August 12-15
*New, extended time* 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration opens February 1st! Be sure to check out nature.org/events to sign up.
2023 Seasonal team members getting ready to pull in a 300 ft seine net for a beach biodiversity study
with the Shelter Island School. © Rebecca Kusa/TNC
We are Hiring Seasonal Team Members!
Know someone interested in spending the summer working at Mashomack? Someone who is excited about conservation, loves being outdoors and is looking to gain career experience?Click Here to learn more about the positions and apply!
Teen Volunteer, Zoe, helps to spread mulch along Mashomack’s Red Trail.  © Rebecca Kusa/TNC

Volunteer with Us

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the year ahead?  From trail work and crafting, to bluebird monitoring and Visitor Center docents, we have lots of opportunities for you to get involved at the preserve! To learn more, please email us at MashomackPreserve@tnc.org.
Want to stay up-to-date with programs and events happening at Mashomack? Check nature.org/events for more exciting winter and spring programs.


February Book in the Woods

Still This Love Goes On by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Julie Flett

Starting in the cold of winter, this love letter to the seasons celebrates the connection to special places. Originally a song by renowned Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, the illustrations embrace  the changes of nature.


A Year On from the World’s Biggest Deal for Nature

Here’s where things stand one year since COP15’s Global Biodiversity Framework
where world leaders agreed on a global set of goals and targets to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030—the Global Biodiversity Framework. It’s a significant achievement.  Looking after the natural world is essential for everything that we depend on to live, to help fight climate change and save so much that we love.

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AAQ / Resource: Stelle Lomont Rouhani